1939 Chicago Maroons football team

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1939 Chicago Maroons football
Conference Big Ten Conference
1939 record 2–6 (0–3 Big Ten)
Head coach Clark Shaughnessy (7th season)
MVP Hobert Wasam
Seasons
← 1938
1963 →
1939 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 15 Ohio State $ 5 1 0     6 2 0
No. 9 Iowa 4 1 1     6 1 1
No. 20 Michigan 3 2 0     6 2 0
Purdue 2 1 2     3 3 2
Northwestern 3 2 1     3 4 1
Illinois 3 3 0     3 4 1
Minnesota 2 3 1     3 4 1
Indiana 2 3 0     2 4 2
Wisconsin 0 5 1     1 6 1
Chicago 0 3 0     2 6 0
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1939 Chicago Maroons football team was an American football team that represented the University of Chicago during the 1939 Big Ten Conference football season. In their seventh season under head coach Clark Shaughnessy, the Maroons compiled a 2–6 record, finished in last place in the Big Ten Conference, and were outscored by their opponents by a combined total of 308 to 37. Chicago's sole victories came against Oberlin and Wabash Colleges. Against quality opponents, the team was soundly defeated, 85–0 against Michigan, and 61–0 against both Ohio State and Harvard, 47–0 against Virginia, and 46–0 against Illinois.[1][2]

The 1939 season was described in the press as the worst season in Chicago Maroons football history. The school's academic demands had greatly reduced the personnel available to field a quality football team, and the Maroons had not won a game against a Big Ten Conference opponent since 1936.[3]

In December 1939, after 47 years of competition, the University of Chicago's board of trustees announced that, the school would no longer field a football team.[3]

Schedule[edit]

DateOpponentSiteResult
September 30 Beloit *L 0–6
October 7 Wabash *
  • Stagg Field
  • Chicago
W 12–2
October 14 Harvard *
  • Stagg Field
  • Chicago
L 0–61
October 21 No. 6 Michigan (rivalry)
  • Stagg Field
  • Chicago
L 0–85
November 4at Virginia *L 0–47
November 11 No. 9 Ohio State
  • Stagg Field
  • Chicago
L 0–61
November 18 Oberlin *
  • Stagg Field
  • Chicago
W 25–0
November 25 Illinois
  • Stagg Field
  • Chicago
L 0–46
  • *Non-conference game

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1939 Chicago Maroons Schedule and Results". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved December 8, 2015. 
  2. ^ "University of Chicago Football Media Guide". University of Chicago. 2016. p. 22. Retrieved November 10, 2016. 
  3. ^ a b "Chicago U. Drops Football From Intercollegiate Sports Program; Action of Maroons May Be First Step Bowing Out Big Ten". Lincoln Evening Journal. December 22, 1939. p. 9.